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and con­trol, she ex­udes both the lux­ury su­pery­acht world found in mo­to­ry­achts and the ex­u­ber­ance and plea­sures of the sail­ing world. She is in pro­por­tion and balanced. Balance is such a bet­ter word than com­pro­mise for cre­ativ­ity, and balance is what we sought, and with a great team have been able to re­al­ize.”

Of­ten with yachts of this size, it is hard to “feel the helm,” but in the case of Aquijo, the rud­der blades driven by hy­dro­dy­namic forces trans­late di­rectly to the fly­bridge steer­ing wheels, pro­vid­ing sig­nif­i­cant feed­back to the helms­man. Ger­man-based de­sign firm Dölker + Vo­ges cre­ated a modern, con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior that is light, bright and func­tional.

Aquijo’s owner has been en­joy­ing her in the Med, and re­cently, it was an­nounced that she will be of­fered for char­ter. When and if this yacht joins the su­pery­acht re­gatta cir­cuit, she will be a force to be reck­oned with. Sy­baris is an ex­tra­or­di­nary yacht by any mea­sure. At 230 feet (70 me­ters) in length, she has the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the largest sail­ing yacht ever built in Italy. How­ever, she is worthy of many more su­perla­tives than sheer size. She is also one of the most tech­ni­cally com­plex yachts ever built by Perini Navi, sec­ond only to the ground­break­ing Maltese Falcon.

Sy­baris rep­re­sents an evo­lu­tion of Perini’s 60-me­ter se­ries, which was it­self an evo­lu­tion of the builder’s 56-me­ter se­ries. To com­ple­ment the Perini Navi de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing team, de­signer Philippe Briand was brought in to op­ti­mize the naval ar­chi­tec­ture and en­sure that she sails com­pet­i­tively. Her Amer­i­can owner, Bill Duker, and his team had con­sid­er­able in­put in all as­pects of the yacht’s de­sign as well, mak­ing Sy­baris a truly cus­tom yacht from bow to stern.

Con­sid­er­able amounts of ti­ta­nium were uti­lized through­out the in­te­rior, in­clud­ing the over­heads and var­i­ous fix­tures, as well as for the ex­te­rior rail­ings. Plac­ing the mizzen­mast far­ther aft than was usual on other Peri­nis max­i­mized both aft deck space for en­ter­tain­ing and in­te­rior sa­lon space.

The in­te­rior de­sign and dé­cor is by Duker and PHDe­sign, with whom the owner has col­lab­o­rated on his homes and apart­ments. (More on Sy­baris in an up­com­ing fea­ture.)

Royal Huis­man’s 142-foot (43-me­ter) Sea Ea­gle was de­signed for per­for­mance by Ger­mán Fr­ers, with a high-as­pect car­bon fiber mast that stands 187 feet (57 me­ters) above the wa­ter. She car­ries more than 10,764 square feet (1,000 square me­ters) of up­wind sail. She is the sec­ond in a lim­ited Royal Huis­man se­ries of three.

Rhoades Young de­signed her con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior with French wal­nut pan­el­ing and white oak floors. Her liv­ing area in­cludes an awning-cov­ered for­ward cock­pit, which pre­cedes the deck­house sa­lon that is sur­rounded by win­dows. She has a dis­place­ment of ap­prox­i­mately 200 tons and a fixed keel of 14 feet 9 inches (4.5 me­ters).

Sea Ea­gle’s tran­som garage con­tains a 17-foot (5.2-me­ter) Cas­toldi ten­der that lifts out hy­drauli­cally. The tran­som opens to be­come a swim plat­form, which the owner can ac­cess from the mas­ter state­room.

Her owner, Samuel Yin of Tai­wan, is a civil en­gi­neer and ed­u­ca­tor who is the founder of the Tang Prize Foun­da­tion that pro­motes re­search in sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, bio­phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal science, Si­nol­ogy and rule of law. Yin has plans for ex­ten­sive cruis­ing in the Baltic and Scan­di­navia, fol­lowed by the Caribbean. Skade is a 151-foot (46-me­ter) Hol­land Jacht­bouw-built sloop with ex­te­rior styling and en­gi­neer­ing by Tripp De­sign and a Rhoades Young in­te­rior. “In this size range, the de­vel­op­ment is very strong, and this very modern world cruiser sails eas­ily, safely and very quickly,” Bill Tripp says. “Yachts this size for­merly were a bit pon­der­ous, but de­vel­op­ments in de­sign al­low han­dling and per­for­mance lev­els more akin to smaller high-per­for­mance boats, yet at the same time, due to her size she sails faster and, with her high sta­bil­ity, very com­fort­ably in rough con­di­tions.”

Skade’s sil­ver-painted alu­minum hull is dis­tin­guished by dou­ble ver­ti­cal win­dows port and starboard. While the mast is tall, the yacht was de­signed to be able to tran­sit Panama’s Bridge of the Amer­i­cas. She has a lift­ing keel, which, when re­tracted, will al­low her to op­er­ate in rel­a­tively shal­low waters. She is con­fig­ured with both an up­per and lower sa­lon. Five state­rooms ac­com­mo­date 10 guests, and there are cabins for seven crew. The 140-foot (42.6-me­ter) Topaz, built by Hol­land Jacht­bouw and launched last sum­mer to the J-Class rule, owes her naval ar­chi­tec­ture, ex­te­rior styling and in­te­rior de­sign to Hoek De­sign Naval Ar­chi­tec­ture, and her project man­age­ment to Cor­nelsen & Part­ner.

The J-Class yachts have an ex­tra­or­di­nary aes­thetic ap­peal. Topaz has a nee­dle-sharp pro­file and a high-gloss mid­night blue hull. She was de­signed with an Art Deco in­te­rior that evokes the pe­riod in which the class was con­ceived. Un­usual for a J-Class yacht, she has a com­pact hy­brid propul­sion sys­tem that al­lows her to be driven by an 80 kW bat­tery pack, a 50 kW genset or her 325 kW main en­gine.

While high­light­ing any­thing other than wind power might seem su­per­flu­ous to the in­tent of a J-Class, whose main func­tion is to sail (and look beau­ti­ful do­ing so), J-Class yachts need sig­nif­i­cant power to drive the winches when rac­ing. Topaz’s sys­tem de­liv­ers 250 kW of hy­draulic power to make sure all equip­ment can be si­mul­ta­ne­ously op­er­ated.

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